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Campus Walk: Meet Dean of UK Libraries Doug Way

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2020) From its beloved hub — William T. Young Library — to its other eight campus locations serving patrons in almost any area of study from the arts to the sciences, University of Kentucky Libraries has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s leading research library systems.

Serving not only UK students, faculty and staff, but also visitors from across the Commonwealth and researchers worldwide online, UK Libraries is home to a vast selection of materials, collections and information resources (both physical and electronic) and an esteemed faculty and staff with a wide range of expertise in such areas as discovery systems and information technology, special collections and preservation, information literacy and reference help, research data management, and digital technologies.

In addition to scholarly resources, UK Libraries also offers a selection of specially designed study and workspaces campuswide where students, researchers and even patients’ loved ones can peruse its materials.

“We are here to help everybody,” Way said. “Come visit us and talk to us. We have a wonderful faculty that are really willing and excited to help everybody, whatever they are doing in their studies or research.”

On this campus walk, join Way as he stops by some of UK Libraries’ branches to see how the system addresses the needs of patrons from all walks of life.

About Doug Way

Way took the helm as dean of UK Libraries in July of 2019. The previous five years, he served as associate university librarian for Collections and Research Services at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he provided leadership for the library’s collection development and management, resource sharing and scholarly communications programs. In addition, Way has written and presented extensively on topics related to collection management, shared print and the future of library collections.

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This is a photo of UK's William T. Young Library
This is a photo of students studying inside of the William T. Young Library.
This is a photo from the video shoot for the UK Campus Walk

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